Barnes residents show TfL their substantial support for the 22 bus campaign at public meeting
Over 500 residents turned up with significant numbers being turned away as Kitson Hall was at full capacity to a public meeting with Transport for London (TfL) in Barnes.
Gyles Brandreth- a local resident, broadcaster, and former MP - very generously gave up his Saturday afternoon to chair the meeting. He did a brilliant job delivering the right balance of questioning and entertainment.
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, was challenged on the reasons why TfL were resisting the request of 3,300 residents to extend the 22 bus route in Barnes and questioned on the plans for changes to bus routes during the closure of Hammersmith Bridge for repairs.
During the meeting he:
During the meeting the following facts emerged:
After the meeting Leon Daniels commented that Barnes is "unique in being an affluent area with significant car ownership calling for better public transport... this is an opportunity". He added that he had: "asked the team to think creatively as to what we can do to make buses more attractive in Barnes so they [residents] use their cars less".
Tony Arbour (London Assembly Member of SW London) stated "This was the largest community (as opposed to political) meeting I have ever attended int he Borough."
Chris Bainbridge, Special Transport Projects Adviser, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea commented: "It was a very good turnout for a positive campaign - one usually only gets large numbers of people out to oppose things".
The extraordinary turn out was commented upon by all those who support the campaign including Richmond Council councillors and officers, the representatives of our MP Sarah Olney, and the Wetlands Centre.
Our public meeting was held at Kitson Hall in Barnes, at 2:30pm on Saturday, 18th March 2017.